I do not believe the saw was subjected to good grinding - if any at all. This is a project I've been contemplating for a long time, and finally was pushed over the edge when someone told me that it wasn't feasible for a home shop. and Alvan A., along with Benjamin Snow, continue the business under the name Simonds Brothers & Company. 1878 -- The company sells off its reaper and mower business and begins manufacturing saws, in addition to the machine knives. 1886 -- A branch office in San Francisco is opened. 1887 -- Simonds Manufacturing Company has around 200 employees. Simonds leaves the company to start the Simonds Rolling-Machine Company. (president), Alvan A., Thomas T., Daniel, and Edwin F. This has nothing to do with the saw, only the saw screws. As far as I know, Simonds was not even making handsaws in 1887. So if you are looking at this website to find out about a saw you want to sell on ebay (you know who you are), please don't say in your description that it was made in 1887, because it wasn't. It is run by electricity from nearby Niagara Falls. References: 1889 Price List of the Simonds Saws and Knives.
The saw is smithy made indicated by the tool work used to shape it.The steel of the blade was found soft when filed, indicating a lack of knowledge in metallurgy.Reverse Side: Void indicated by arrow is a result of the unsophisticated hammering process to shape the blade.I made up my mind to give making one a try - but didn't want to commit myself until I knew for sure that I could do it.I started researching it on the web, but found woefully little in the way of helpful information.